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Fire deaths mum jailed

A woman who murdered five members of a family, including three young children, in a fire described as "an act of exceptional wickedness" has been jailed for at least 30 years. Alcoholic Melanie Smith (43), a mother of five, started the fire because she was angry that a stroller had been left in a shared hallway.

Lee-Anna Shiers (20) her four-year-old nephew, Bailey, and two-year-old niece, Skye, were trapped in their upstairs flat and died in the arson attack in north Wales on October 19 last year.

Firefighters managed to rescue Ms Shiers's 15-month-old son, Charlie, and his father, Liam Timbrell (23), but they died in hospital.

Bangladesh protest

Hundreds of clothes factory workers who survived a building collapse in Bangladesh protested for compensation as the death toll from the country's worst industrial disaster passed 700.

The police control room overseeing the recovery operation said the death toll stood at 705 as workers pulled more bodies out of the wreckage of the eight-storey building in Dhaka, which was packed with workers at five garment factories when it collapsed on April 24. The factories were making clothing bound for major retailers around the world.

Digital garden

Twitter users will be able to control the appearance of a garden that is set to go on show at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

The garden, named Digital Capabilities, has been designed to respond to Twitter activity. The 6m (20ft) by 3m (10ft) plot will be divided into two separate planting zones by a Perspex-panelled wall, which connects to a computer.

Governor's slim hopes

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who once called himself "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen", has secretly undergone a gastric band operation.

Medical professionals and campaign strategists alike say there is no more serious barrier to his personal well-being and national political ambitions than his weight. But he insisted it was not about politics, but about turning 50 and wanting to be around as his children grow up.

Musician arrested

The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested in southern California accused of trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

Tim Lambesis (32) was arrested at a retail business in Oceanside in San Diego.

Irish Independent